January 1, 2017
You can't win, for losing..
This is almost a backward show in that they save the more acoustic type tunes for the end of the show but do them electric anyway.
I don't want to be dogmatic about this but I think this might be the only electric SEASONS?
That whole Alligator thru Caution is pretty cool indeed.
I am listening to this somewhat out of order but I would be hard pressed not to consider this a pretty sweet recording of the Dead in a major transition period.
Yummy HIGH TIME! Jerry's vocals so cool.
BBPETE-When they brought this back in the 80's they did a real snappy version but you can't bring back Pigpen.
Big Boy reminds me a little of Hog For You in melody.
Weir and Pig singing together on NFA, I guess it is Pig shadowing Bobby but PIG is like a magnet steering Bob.
They jam hard on the N.F.A pretty cool how they can switch gears so quickly and without missing a beat.
The pace of NOT FADE is approaching meltdown..
If you get MERRY GO ROUND you get the Dead.
and yes that was a Dark Star tease..
Seasons is a powerful tune. Weir is strong on those vocals.. I know there are a few more versions of this in early 1970 I am pretty sure this is also the best sound quality I have heard for this tune.
A great tune to play in Boston for New Years!
"As it is in nature's plan
No season gets the upper hand
How I tried to bear this fact in mind
The trees are bare, the cold winds blow
But by experience we should know
Winter comes but the spring is close behind"
Bobby gets another number--Race is On..
One of the only ways to catch this song in the later years was if the band played on Kentucky Derby Day.
Not sure this would be my pick for New Years?
Silver Threads- I walked around Queens College singing this tune a lot. Got lucky a few times!!!
This had to be a challenge to play these somewhat acoustic tunes in full on electric mode.
Weir is definitely picking the tunes--"Wanna do Slewfoot?"
So that is the end of the acoustic type stuff and Bob closes us with Dancin' in the Street.
If you listen the band is clicking nicely on all cylinders
Oh my that crowd seriously has the JONES for more.
I was too- so I listened to the 1st set and then went back for the Alligator thru The 11 just one more time--Yeah!!!
Sounds like Phil is playing cello during Caution.